Oswego, N.Y. T. Kingsford & Son, No date [c. 1880]. Wraps. [ADVERTISING PREMIUM] [JUVENILE] [RACIST STEREOTYPE ILLUSTRATIONS]. 8vo (9 5/8” x 7 5/8”); pp; pale yellow wrapper, red border, title and decorative ornaments on front with a vignette of a sail boat on front, rear wrapper features illustrations and testimonials for Kingsford’s Starch; inner wrappers are product ads for Kingsford Starch products with illustrations; publisher’s string binding; photo engraved illustrations throughout the text; light shelf wear to wrapper with some light soiling, light stain on a few pages; very good plus. Very good +. Item #1682
An attractive advertising premium for Kingsford starch products, Oswego Pure and Silver Gloss Starch for the Laundry and Oswego Corn Starch for Puddings, Blanc-Mange, Cake, Etc. The small book contains a collection of short stories, poems, a song with music, with photo-engraved illustrations throughout. A version of “The Three Bears” and Silver-Locks, with bears that are named Mr. Bruin, Mammy Muff, and Tiny are included.
Many of the engraved illustrations are signed “Crosscup & West, Phila.,” “B. Fleming” and “Lauderbach,” A testimonial on the rear wrapper from Arthur H. Hassall, M.D. as well as the seller, E.C. Chapin, Agent, 146 Duane Street, New York. This version appears to be different than the one at AAS.